Round-up: supplier news from the GBTA Conference

By Andy Hoskins, published 22/11/19

Reshopping specialist TRIPBAM announced two new enhancements at this week’s GBTA Conference.

LRA Enforcement will help ensure clients’ negotiated terms on last room availability are honoured by their hotel partners.

If the agreed rates are not available TRIPBAM will notify the non-compliant hotel, instruct them to fix the issue and rebook the reservation at the corrected rate. Early use has led to 3-5% savings on overall hotel programme spend.

Meanwhile, Smart Sourcing enables clients to source and add dynamic or static discounted rates at a particular hotel when changes in volume necessitate the addition of a new property.

• TravelPerk is rolling out its FlexiPerk scheme in four markets, including the UK, following its successful testing in beta stage.

The scheme enables customers to avoid booking expensive flexible fares and instead pay a 10% fee upfront on all bookings made through the TravelPerk portal.

The fee then guarantees users a minimum 90% refund on any cancelled booking, be it a hotel, flight, car rental or even an Airbnb reservation.

• Travel management companies BCD and FCM have both achieved Elite partner level with SAP Concur.

It is the highest level of engagement and collaboration attainable between any TMC and the travel expense and invoice management solutions provider.

• According to new research by CWT’s Energy, Reources & Marine division, only half (52%) of senior personnel say their organisations have traveller health and safety programmes in place.

Less than a third (32%) say their companies measure and report on the impact of wellbeing, while 37% said they are considering changing their approach to wellbeing and safety.

• Radius Travel has launched a meetings and events technology marketplace that encompasses third party tools such as venue-finding software, mobile apps, delegate management, VAT and payments.

• Areka Consulting has introduced two benchmarking tools. The Travel Scan tool looks at ten dimensions of a company's travel programme and produces a roadmap with suggested actions.

And the new Travel Index tool compares the travel spend of a client to similar organisations, comparing the ratio of spend versus the number of employees and travellers.